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Thursday, June 30th, 2011

View of Lassen Park on June 30, 2011Lassen Park will be a cool summer retreat from the valley this holiday weekend for visitors looking to camp, hike, fish,picnic, kayak, and even play in the snow. The park has a wonderful variety of activities for visitors because of the differing elevations in the park. The main road through the park will not be completely open until July 8. At this time it is open ten miles in on the north side of park to the Devastated Area and seven miles to the Bumpass Hell Trailhead parking area from the Southwest Entrance. Hikers to Lassen Peak will find that it requires an ice ax, crampons and a helmet for safety. It will be an excellent weekend for spring skiing and snowshoeing in the higher elevations.

Fourth of July weekend the park will be offering special programs, visitors are welcome to attend programs featuring former Lassen Volcanic National Park interpretation rangers. More information can be found on the park website at htttp://

If you need a great place to eat breakfaast, lunch or dinner just call ahead for reservations at the St. Bernard Lodge 530-258-3382.


Thursday, June 30th, 2011

21st Annual Solar Cook-off

Friday and Saturday July 8 & 9, 2011 Blackhawk Solar presents the 21st Annual Solar Cook-off at the Taylorsville Campground.

Bring your own store-bought or home-made solar oven and share in the fun.  There will be solar demonstrations, solar cooked food to sample.  Over 30 Arts and Crafts booths.  More than a dozen bands.  Admission for the weekend is only $15.00 if you want to camp fee is $14 per night.

Music Line-up Music includes:  FRIDAYNIGHT

7:30 – 8:15 pm Hank & Shaidri Alrich

8:20 – 9:00 pm Boogie Daddys

9:05- 10:00 pm Jeff Pershing Band

10:00 pm Drumming with Terra  Lumbus and Dancing


10:00 – 10:30 am Benny, Penny & Dude

10:35- 11:10 Melissa Ruth & Likely Stories with Leal Brothers

11:50 am – 12:30 pm Spur of the Moment

12:35- 1:15 pm Perpetual Drifters

1:20 – 2:00 pm Rocket Surgery

2:05- 2:45  pm Soldiers of HiFi

2:50-3:35 pm Mudbone

3:40 – 4:20 pm Jason King Band

4:25- 5:15 pm Blue Haven

8:00 – 8:45 pm Lost Sierra Ramblers

8:50- 10:00 pm Guitar Woody and the Boilers

A Day at Chester Park

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

A Few Brews & A Banjo

Saturday, June 25th 2011
2 – 6pm at Chester Park

Come spend a sunny summer afternoon sitting among friends alongside the north fork of the Feather River under cottonwood trees. Sip on a tasty micro-brewed beer with a tri-tip sandwich. Enjoy Bluegrass & Americana Music. Watch children dance and play. This is not only great fun, you are helping to raise for local high school music and drama programs.

Music Schedule:

2–3:30pm.. Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong
4–5:30pm..The Ruby Hollow Ban

Slim & Armstrong

Event admission is free. Tickets for brew-glasses and wristbands are $25 and will be available at the park on the day of the event to those 21 years old and up.

All proceeds will be donated to the Music and Drama Dept at Chester High.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided by the Elks Club of Chester.


Sierra Nevada Brewing
Great Basin Brewing
Anchor Brewing
New Belgium Brewing
Anderson Valley
Bear Republic


Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong

A marvel of musical ingenuity, showman extraordinaire Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, western classics, vintage jazz and string band repertoire of pre-WWII America. A fast-paced performance of music and humor that showcases their seasoned gift for connecting with audiences. Whether capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the fun these two cut-ups have on stage. Long time fans will remember them as founding members of two of California’s favorite acoustic combo’s, “8th Avenue String Band” and “R. Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders.” Between them they share a provocative array of period instruments including: flat-top guitar, national steel guitar, baritone and soprano ukulele, musical saw, accordion, six-string banjo and harmonica.

Well-traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The Strawberry Music Festival, The National Cowboy Gathering and Prairie Home Companion, these modern day vaudevillians capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun loving music fans of all walks of life.

Ruby Hollow Band

Covers, original and traditional songs; ballads, new grass, polkas, Irish and South American/ Spanish tunes, incredible 4-part harmonies, and much more. Their repertoire keeps growing from our varied musical passions… and they do it all with flair and lots of fun!

Ruby Hollow is nothing short of a “phoenix rising” band, rumbling and rising from the wonderfully, musically eclectic dust of the 1980’s “Willowgreen” (David Cowan, Jo Chavez, Alice Peake) to a smashing hot, new configuration (with the addition of David Bilinski) of even more cool instrumentation and incredibly beautiful, intricately woven 4-part harmonies… all in the package of Hot Pogo Folk Music!

What is Hot Pogo Folk Music, you may well ask? Think of a child’s pogo stick hopping and bopping around from place to place, staying put long enough for the balance and fun, and then moving on to another adventure… all in compelling music and song!

The Hot Pogo Folk instruments we use (with constant additions!) are: guitars (including a 7 string), dobro, mandolin, electric bass, 2 accordions, banjo, lap steel, harmonica, South American keynas and panpipes, charrango, penny whistles, flute, bodhran; hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimers, kanun, and keyboard for tailored special performances, drums and various percussive instruments.
Sponsored by the Lake Almanor Community Foundation in partnership with Plumas Arts. Special Thanks to Superior Products Co. Mark Carter, Mtn Division

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Saturday, June 18th, 2011


Lassen Volcanic Park on June 18, 2011

Lassen Volcanic National Park Road is now open to Bumpass Hell parking area at the SW entrance, Devastated Area at the North entrance, Road to Butte Lake and Cinder Cone is open and Warner Valley road into Drakesbad is open. Road crews are working to have Hwy. 89 through the park open for fourth of July weekend. or park website both have road updates.

Right now is a popular time for spring skiing or snowshoeing. Bodfish Quiet Mountain Sports in Chester rents cross country skis and snowshoes. Mill Creek Resort rents snowshoes. This is a great time to try cross country skiing or snowshoeing while the weather is warm and the park still has lots of snow.

Lassen peak is open to over-the-snow travel until trail crews are able to begin work for the season which will be the second year of Reach the Peak trail rehabilitation project. Access to the peak will be limited to the following dates this summer: July 1 to July 4; August 13 & 14, and September 2 to September 5. If you want to make it to Lassen Peak this is the time to do it with over-the-snow travel conditions.

Ranger-led programs are kicking off on Friday June 17th and will continue through Labor Day weekend. There are programs for visitors of all ages. For a program schedule check the park web site or the summer newspaper for the park.

Weather conditions can change quickly in the park be prepared for possible cold and snowy conditions. Dress in layers, bring blankets, food, water, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Lake Almanor Basin Mile High Bike Ride

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Chester, California Mile High Bike Ride   June 17th and 18th.

Come ride the scenic Southern Cascades and bump into the gentle Northern Sierras.  This ride is not a race but a collection of three different tours for cyclists of all abilities.  The purpose of this event is to promote recreational bicycling “under the volcano” in the shadow of California’s incredible Lassen Peak with scenic views of Lake Almanor and if you choose the Century Ride great views of meadows and ranches along the Indian Valley.


Registration will be at Chester Park Friday the 17th 6-9 pm and Saturday June 18th 6-9am. For more information visit

St. Bernard Lodge will give 20% discount on all meals June 17th -30th for bike riders with a registration form.

Make it a great weekend with the Mile High Bike Ride on Saturday, visit St. Bernard Lodge then onto wine tasting in Manton as part of the Tehama Trail Passport Weekend.


Weekend of Wine Tasting

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend
June, 18th and 19th

Come visit Tehama County Father’s Day Weekend. This will be the first annual Tehama Trail Passport Weekend. Any passport holder will get 20% off meals at the St. Bernard Lodge from June 18th to June 30th with reservations. Just give the lodge a call at 530-258-3382.

The Passport Weekend will be a chance for visitors to tour 17 farms/wineries currently on the Tehama Trail Map. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 after June 10 and during the weekend. This ticket includes free tasting at all farms. Proceeds will go to benefit the Tehama Trail Association to further develop agri-tourism in Tehama County. You can get your tickets at all participating farms or at the Tehama county Farm Bureau.

The 17 partners featured in this passport weekend are: Alger Vineyard, Bianchi Orchards, Burlison Fruit Stand, Cedar Crest Vineyards, County Haven at the Red Barn, Julia’s Fruit Stand, Lima Huli Lavendar, Lucero Olive Oil, Tehama Winery, New Clairvaux Vineyard, Olive Pit, Olive Hut, Pacific Sun Olive Oil, Rolling Hills Casino, Shasta Daisy Vineyard, and Indian Peak Vineyards.

The St. Bernard Lodge is now carrying wines from both Indian Peak Vineyards and Ringtail Vineyards, they both have some great wines.
For more information about the Tehama Trail and passport weekend, visit and then visit us at make reservations for a meal or an overnight stay.